Top Things to Do in New Orleans

Complete your luxury travel experience with these activities.

Our recommendations for the top things to do in New Orleans include taking a walking tour and getting your fill of local cuisine.If you’re lucky enough to score tickets to this year’s NCAA Final Four in New Orleans (or you’re headed there with us), make sure you set aside time to see some of the Big Easy’s best attractions — and, of course, dine on some world-class cuisine.

Here are a few ideas from our team for the top things to do in New Orleans:

Walking tour

The best way to get a feel for a lively city like New Orleans is to take a stroll with a local tour guide. Amble through the Garden District, the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and more with a seasoned expert and truly learn the city’s unique history and architecture. If you’re in the mood for something a touch spookier, a cemetery tour is a great way to learn some of the eerie and mysterious histories of New Orleans’ noted residents — just don’t get mixed up with any voodoo spells along the way.

Steamboat river cruise

All aboard for a leisurely cruise along the Mississippi River! The famous Steamboat Natchez is taking some much-needed time off, but her sister ship, the Riverboat City of New Orleans, is a sight to see. Enjoy jazz music, craft cocktails, and delicious Creole fare.

New Orleans Museum of Art

In addition to being home to renowned artists like Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, and John Singer Sargent, the New Orleans Museum of Art itself is a work of architectural beauty. The museum opened in 1911 with only nine works of art in its collection but now boasts more than 40,000 pieces. The museum is also home to the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, featuring over 90 works on a meticulously landscaped site.

New Orleans must-eats

It’s hard to visit New Orleans and not come back needing pants that are a size or two bigger. From the savory (boiled crawfish, jambalaya, and po’boy sandwiches) to the sweet (beignets, bananas foster, and Mardi Gras king cake), there’s plenty of cuisine for every palate. Save some room for a Sazerac, America’s first cocktail, as well. Made with rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters, anise-flavored liqueur, and sugar, Sazerac packs quite the punch!

Visit a jazz club

New Orleans is renowned as the Birthplace of Jazz, and no trip to New Orleans is complete without listening to some. A few favorites include Preservation Hall, the Spotted Cat Music Club, and the Maple Leaf Bar. If you’re also interested in diving a bit deeper into the history and celebration of jazz, plan a visit to the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

This just scratches the surface of all that New Orleans has to offer — we would be glad to offer suggestions and help plan your perfect luxury travel experience to the NCAA Final Four. Contact us today at (608) 665-9070 or send us a message!

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